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Welcome to the California Area Public Library, California's center for knowledge and growth. Climb aboard the Information Station for California, Allenport, Coal Center, Long Branch, Elco, Roscoe, and West Pike Run Township. Explore the five literacies with us: Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health, and Financial.

News

Children's Fun: STORY HOUR with Ellen has moved to MONDAYs at 10:00. At 11:00 this summer, children in grades K through 5 are invited to join Ellen for an hour's fun with PUZZLES AND BOARDS (board games, that is). Meet up with friends, enjoy a snack, and perhaps even borrow a book or movie. Reservations are requested, please call 724-938-2907.

ONE TAP READING. THAT'S LIBBY. . . . Libby is OverDrive's free one-tap app for borrowing digital books and audiobooks. It works with Android, IOS (iPhone/iPad/IPod touch) and Windows 10 devices. Visit your app store, search "Libby", install the app. Open it and find your library (search by library name, zip code, or city). Browse your libray's collection. Simple! You'll need to sign in using your library card when you are ready to borrow an item. Borrowed items download automatically and are stored on your Shelf so you can read when you're offline.

Visit our LINKS page to explore ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA POWER Library digital resources for every age. It's where you'll find an up-to-date reference collection and so much more.

Have you used your library card lately? Remember, Waggin Network library cards must be used at least once every three years or they expire.

HAPPINESS Cards are on sale at our library and California's own Lauren Rockwell designed one of the cards! A box of five quality full-color blank cards costs just $10, a portion of which returns to the library. These full-color cards feature winning designs from students who participated in the first Mid-Mon Valley Art Council contest last spring. Their work is stunning. See for yourself when you visit us! The cards make a lovely inexpensive hostess gift. Add one of our book bundles, slip them into a library tote, toss in a cloisonne pin depicting our building and you have a unique gift!

RIVERFEST HOURS: Our hours change during the late August Riverfest celebration in town. Although we always have some books for sale inside the library, Riverfest is the time for our Annual Book Sale. We offer fiction, non-ficion, children's and much more to purchase. Perhaps you'd like to volunteer?

We are truly grateful each time you make a cash donation or memorial book gift but, we also want to remind you that the Washington County Community Foundation's DAY OF GIVING 2018 is Wednesday, September 12. Each donation made to our library through www.wccfgives.org on September 12 will be increased by a percentage through the WCCF's $100,000 match pool. Donations are accepted online, and also by check if received by WCCF before September 12. If you would like to donate to our library thorough this great opportunity, please make checks payable to "WCCF" with our library noted on the check. Checks must be received at the WCCF offices before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12. Your donations help us to expand our book collection, offer free access to computers, provide adult and children's programming, and keep the library running! Please consider donating on (or before by check) September 12 through WCCF Gives. We send a hearty "Thank you!" to our loyal patrons.

PA Forward Star: Pennsylvania Libraries is coming to our library! You are an essential player in our quest to earn Bronze Star status. The program helps each of us to Build a Better World for Pennsylvanians. Keep your eyes open for details during your next visit.

LIBRARY DIRECTOR NEEDED. The Library Director position is now open. This is a 20-hour-per-week position. The Board is accepting applications for this position. Send applications by email to board@calpublib.org or by post to 100 Wood Street/California PA 15419. View the job description and requirements here

Every MONDAY at 10:00 is STORY TIME with Ellen, a retired elementary librarian. Ellen presents a fresh Story Time every Monday at 10 a.m. Story Time with Friends is presented on select Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Each Story Time includes a snack and craft. Please call to add your name to our list and we'll give you a call announcing each new session. Reservations are recommended. We plan for 12 children; please make prior arrangements for large groups. The California Recreation Authority sponsors Saturday Story Time. Summer Reading Club (SRC) for elementary students follows the state library's annual theme. Contact us at 724-938-2907 or director@calpublib.org for more information about children's programs.

Amazon Smile--Shop here first when you buy online and amazon will contribute a wee bit of coin to our library. Sometimes there's a $5 bonus incentive. Every penny helps us. (But only a shopaholic could match the value of a standard annual gift to the library.) Just set your browser to www.smile.amazon.com and choose California Area Public Library.

MEMORIAL GIFTS and HONORARIUMS: An enduring tribute made in the form of a book, a technology upgrade or a grounds beautification/comfort improvement, your gift will be marked and will be announced to the appropriate honorees. Many people donate $25 or more when presenting a gift for a book. Gifts are announced on our Donations page.

Opportunities: RENT AN LCD PROJECTOR KIT from us and add a special focus to your next family event, business or club meeting. Our kit includes the projector, a screen and, if you need it, a laptop computer. You provide the photos or PowerPoint show. $20. We suggest you allow time for our staff to walk you through the process of setting up, if you're not familiar with using audio visual equipment.

INVESTING FOR OUR FUTURES: Many of our donors have been contributing to the Library for decades. They know that a public library is a community treasure. Please visit, volunteer, and donate this year. YOU are vital to our mission to provide everyone with access to information in a happy space where we all thrive. Our fundraising goal for 2018 is $30,000. We bet you did not know that we habitually fall short by $23,000 below what the state expects us to raise. Please remember this the next time you think to yourself, "They're always asking for money, and yet they never close." We haven't had any support from our school district since 2011, and fewer than half of the communities in our service area make annual contributions. Everyone is feeling short of funds, we understand. But if everyone gave something (and those who can gave a bit more), we might be able to meet the state's expectations. We are especially grateful to those donors who have moved from the area but continue to give, or who don't often use the library but habitually give. We thank each and every donor, local or not.

Fund Raisers: LITTON'S GIFT CERTIFICATES: Each $10 certificate returns $2 to the library. Keep a few on hand as emergency gifts, or simply help out the library by purchasing a few before you visit Litton's Greenhouse in Richeyville. Other fund raising items at the library are American Tradition woven baskets, tote bags, cloisonne pins, stationary, historic maps of California and the ever-popular bundles of used books.

GOT PAPER SCRAP? The paper recycling bin is back (but is no longer sponsored by the library). Please be considerate and keep the area neat; if the bin is full, take your papers back home. Plastic bags go home with you, also: not into or around the bin. Read the restrictions clearly painted on the bin. Cardboard does not recycle here! Many Californians appreciate the convenience of the Royal Oaks Paper Recycler bin. Don't be the person who creates a "this is why we can't have nice things" situation. (Please note: This is not the place to get rid of any cardboard!)

It is with great sadness that we note the late August 2017 passing of Ethel Rankin, age 93, of California. One of our Library's "unsung heroines", Ethel served as a trustee and treasurer for perhaps two decades. As the late Wyona Coleman (Library Director) often boasted, "Ethel never lost a penny." After Ethel retired from our Board, for the next nearly two decades she remained a regular library visitor. She consistently gifted the Library with a substantial contribution, which usually arrived when our needs were crucial. Ethel was a true lady and we very much miss her conversation.

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Thank you! Eagle Scout candidate Elek Buday worked through heat and rain to lay brick on our back patio last summer. The project is finished and the patio awaits your visit, even on a balmy winter day. CALIFORNIA ROTARY donated a comfortable metal bench to the project. We are delighted to be able to read and relax outdoors, interrupted only by an occasional passing train. We have umbrellas for the tables, ask to have them brought out if you need a bit of shade. We send mnay thanks to everyone who helped. During Cal U's 2017 The Big Event community service day, the Library was graced by the Cal U football team who, with amazing form and cooperative work, lifted and stacked all of the bricks on our back patio. We also enjoyed the nimble work of four Cal U students who wet-dusted our shelves, windowsills and furniture and also cleaned interior windows. All of this happened in about two-and-a-half hours! (In 2018 Sig Tau's Big Event service was to clean winter debris from the patio and to wash all the library windows, inside and out. They worked liked The Cat in the Hat's helpers A-Z!) Cal U students: We hope you'll return simply to use and enjoy your public library.

Service Project successful: Lily Hug's Books for Africa project collected 1,600 books in 2017, as well as enough cash for shipping them to a village in Africa, where they will become a community library. For additional information, contact Lily at: africanlibrarybuilder@gmail.com or visit African Library Project